The gang investigates the rumor of the "Miner 49'er" haunting the old mines of the Gold City ghost town.

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Nicole Jaffe ...
Velma (voice)
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Shaggy (voice)
Don Messick ...
Scooby Doo (voice)
Vic Perrin ...
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Jean Vander Pyl ...
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Fred (voice)
Stefanianna Christopherson ...
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The kids get lost and wind up in the spooky ghost town of Gold City. They check into the local ranch house hotel only to find that they are the only ones in this nice hotel--all the other guests are being scared away by the "Miner 49'er," a miner who came to the city in 1849 and won't leave until he finds the last vein of gold in the city's old mine. The kids investigate the town, find a hidden entrance to the old mine, and unmask the "Miner 49'er"--and the real "gold" that the miner was digging up. Written by Spirit11

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At the end of the mystery, while the gang explains the investigation to the hotel owner, Scooby takes the Miner 49'er's stilts and uses them to reach apples from a tree. There is a water trough behind Scooby when he is putting the stilts on, but when the gang looks over to see him picking apples, the trough is gone, but it then reappears when Scooby steps in the gopher hole and falls in it. See more »

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Spoofed in Muppet Babies: Water Babies (1987) See more »

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Despite the obviousness of the perpetrator, "Mine Your Own Business" is still delightful for die-hard Scooby fans
10 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Scooby Doo Where are You' was the first Scooby Doo incarnation, and to me it's still the best. The previous three episodes are better, but "Mine Your Own Business" is still such a fun episode as well as a creepy one.

The animation as ever is lively, atmospheric, lushly coloured and nicely drawn. The western and mine setting are superb, along with "A Hassle in the Castle" it is one of the spookiest and atmosphere-enhancing settings of the show. The music adds to the impact the atmosphere creates, though as said in my previous 'Scooby Doo Where are You' reviews there is nothing here that quite comes to the level of effectiveness of the incredibly eerie Ghost of Captain Cutler theme in "A Clue for Scooby Doo". And it is very difficult to resist the classic theme song that is one of the most iconic in animation.

Like pretty much all the episodes of 'Scooby Doo Where are You', one of the biggest strengths here is the atmosphere evoked. This is definitely one of the spookiest and creepiest episodes, along with "A Clue for Scooby Doo", "A Hassle in the Castle", "Spooky Space Kook" and "A Night of Fright is No Delight", especially the setting and a moan that will haunt your nightmares long after.

Again, as with the previous episodes, it's not all dark, spooky and creepy though, there is an ideal balance of mystery and comedy, and while the comedy is as ever sort of goofy and silly it's in an endearing sort of way, genuinely funny and never annoying or juvenile. There is some hilarious writing here, much of it coming from Shaggy and Scooby. Plus the final trap is one of the most creative and most enjoyable of the whole series.

Mystery-wise "Mine Your Own Business" is still interesting. There are some nice clues that carry the story nicely without being convoluted or simplistic and a case that's easy to follow and comprehend. It's formulaic, but not in a way that's overly predictable, which is true of Scooby Doo at its best or when it's still solid. Again the dark and creepy atmosphere helps enormously, as well as the humour, how well established the lead characters are and Shaggy and Scooby's charming, affecting and amusing friendship.

49er is cool-looking and is pretty creepy, especially the moan, but it was disappointing that the perpetrator is far too obvious, it could only really have been that person in a case with few suspects in the first place being in the same clothes but with a hat, scraggly over-sized beard and stilts. At least the motivation is believable enough and how 49er went about doing what he did though. The sound effects add to the atmosphere (again particularly the moan), and the voice acting, again especially from Don Messick and Casey Kasem who are the definitive Scooby and Shaggy, is very good.

In summary, delightful for die-hard Scooby Doo fans, just wish that the perpetrator wasn't so obvious. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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